Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One handed tatting a ring

Shuttle thread arranged into a circle, and 1st half of double stitch

1st half of double stitch continued

Letting the knot "flip"

Flipped 1st half

Sliding into place

2nd half of double stitch

2nd half flipped

Sliding into place

Forming a picot

Enlarging the circle by pulling the thread below the ring

Closing the ring

Closing the ring - nearly done

A finished ring

My one handed tatting student is a beautiful teenaged girl who was born without a left hand. She is a very determined and talented girl! She was very attentive at her first tatting lesson, and did really well! Here is a photo of her very first one ring butterflies!

I really appreciated the expert assistance offered by Sue Anna who came (quite a distance!) to help. She taught the mother regular shuttle tatting while I taught the daughter the pillow method (learned from the book, Tatting with One Hand by Helen A. Chesno). Sue Anna devised some really cute little rhymes and songs to accompany tatting and kept us all "in stitches".

The one handed method of tatting a chain is shown on another post: http://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/2011/07/one-handed-tatting.html


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I'm glad your student is so determined! You got to see Sue Anna again?! Lucky you! I think we might have to arrange a tatting get-together before school starts up again. ; )

shannon_in_love said...

this is some great information. thank you so much for sharing it with everyone... i could have used this when i had dead arm...but thats all better now... but it helps to know.

tattrldy said...

What a great tutorial! I've heard it could be done but I never thought through just how. Your student is to be commended for her determination to learn. Good for her! And to you, to learn the technique so you could teach her. My hat is off to both of you.

Cynthia said...

Can I just say Ditto to Lace-lovin' Librarian, Shannon_in_love and Tattrldy!!!

Those are all awesome comments. I am teaching a gal with an injury to needle tat 1 handed....We will look for the book and consider shuttle too. Peace, Cyn

Cynthia said...

I would only say ditto to all 3 of the posts above. I can't add anything more as they have said it all. I need to get the book!
Thank you and peace, Cyn

Marilee Rockley said...

The book is available from Lacis. If you scroll down their list of tatting books, it's near the middle of the page here: http://www.lacis.com/catalog/data/CB_Tatting.html